Health Watch: Health Anxiety Disorder

If you are always worried about your health and you are constantly feeling anxiety over health concerns you might actually have Health Anxiety Disorder. Health Anxiety Disorder is a condition that causes healthy people to worry that they are sick fro ma serious diseases like cancer or HIV. Fortunately, this is a very treatable condition. A patient might develop a common symptom like a scratchy throat and spend hours on the internet researching concerning symptoms and signs and develop so much worry that they end up in the doctor office. This is such a dilemma for doctors because oftentimes doctors don't need to do tests for common, mild symptoms, but to relieve anxiety and worry from their patients, a test will be done. However, for people with health anxiety disorder, the report of the normal test does not give them relief from the anxiety. The challenge also is that being concerned about your health is not the same thing as health anxiety. The difference we face as physicians medically speaking is that a patient with no concerning symptoms but still frequently worried about health disorders might have health anxiety disorder as opposed to a patient that is coming in worried about concerning symptoms, and the best treatment this is some very standard physiotherapy techniques. This is Dr. Nancy Babbitt from Creekside Medical Clinic